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In-Sights: Caution BC Liberals, the temperature’s rising

Your browser does not support this audioListen to more of John McComb’s show HERE. . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Caution BC Liberals, the temperature’s rising

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: When the bells ring, political pets respond

Of course, not all journalists react in Pavlovian ways but the Black Press crew is reliable.

@theemilyjackson @pqpolitics Other than 1000s of ft of booms and a special pollution response vessel… #facepalm

— shane woodford (@WoodfordCKNW980) April 10, 2015

"Had there been a Kits Coast Guard, we'd have been at #VanFuelSpill in . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: When the bells ring, political pets respond

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: When the call screener makes life difficult

January 2, an unidentified caller chatted with CKNW Legislative reporter and talkshow host Sean Leslie, a man who happens to be spouse of a BC Liberal Government Communications Director, appointed by Order in Council, who has been paid more than $250,000 in the last three fiscal years.

It won’t surprise any regular reader that . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: When the call screener makes life difficult

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Truthiness

This week, radio Station CKNW played commercials aimed at promoting public confidence in the absolute safety of Trans Mountain pipeline operations and marine shipments of petroleum products on the west coast. The spots end with this tagline: “Trans Mountain, operating safely in your community since 1953.”

Gadget Google – Lecteur multimédia de Google – . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Truthiness

Northern Insight: CBC dominates the Websters

I bet Jack Webster’s spirit twitches when the $175 a plate bun toss named for him recurs and this town’s higher purpose people gather to honour worthy journalists, not all of whom are worthy enough to be employed full time in the corporate media.

Webster met Prime Ministers, Premiers and community leaders but he also . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: CBC dominates the Websters

Northern Insight: News reporting or press release reading?

On CKNW’s August 22 afternoon news, Marcella Bernardo reported this about Verizon, the American cell provider that may offer service in Canada,

“Last year’s [Verizon] revenues of 116 billion dollars were more than double the combined profits of Rogers, Bell and Telus.”

Had Ms. Bernardo been comparing like for like — profits for profits, that . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: News reporting or press release reading?

Northern Insight: If you read anything today, it should be Rafe Mair

An illustration of why corporate media is in a death spiral:

“…Modesty is not my long suit and I believe that had I stayed, the general public would have been infinitely better served on environmental issues.

“A Judge once said to the great Lord Birkenhead, I have read your brief but am none . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: If you read anything today, it should be Rafe Mair

Cowichan Conversations: BC Provincial Party Leaders Debate Held Earlier Today on CKNW 98 Top Dog Radio

Northern Insight: No free lunches… ever

Update April 9:

I heard that CKNW’s Bill Good responded on his April 5 morning show to selected critics, people he declined to identify other than through reference to hated bloggers. For a number of days, I tried to listen to the station’s audio vault but the file for 8am to 9am was . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: No free lunches… ever

Cowichan Conversations: Will The BC Liberal Government Survive Today’s Budget Vote?

Richard Hughes Political Blogger

Good Morning,

The question swirling around Victoria this morning is whether or not Premier Christy Clark will be able to weather the storm ahead and whether or not the BC Liberal’s ‘Election Budget’ will pass.

If it fails then the question of Christy Clark’s leadership will be mute as . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Will The BC Liberal Government Survive Today’s Budget Vote?

Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy Clark Must Step Down-Martyn Brown Says.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Martyn Brown, Former Chief of Staff for Premier Gordon Campbell, has told Jon McComb, on ‘The World Today’ CKNW 980, that Premier Clark must step down.

Premier Clark told legislative reporters, this afternoon, that she will have to take more actions possibly including resigning as Premier.

The last few Question . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy Clark Must Step Down-Martyn Brown Says.

Northern Insight: More ROTFL

A while ago, long tenured radio talker Bill Good told us he was offended by suggestions that certain callers get special treatment and easy access to CKNW air waves. He then spoke with a number of regular callers who confirmed that what Mr. Good had said was true. This is from ROTFL published here.

CKNW’S . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: More ROTFL

Northern Insight: Hard for First Nations to get out the real story

Jon McComb, doing the morning show on CKNW today, had this to say about Attawapiskat:

“The housing crisis that has plagued her [Chief Spence] remote reserve of about 1,900 people has been in and out of the headlines for months. The federal government says that since 2006, they’ve spent $131 million on the reserve but . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Hard for First Nations to get out the real story

Northern Insight: Fraying of social safety nets necessitates charity

I listened to parts of Friday’s CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pledge Day, wondering if they would be more forthright about an issue that’s added more than $1 million dollars to corporate pockets of Corus Radio since 2006.

CKNW employees are now careful about saying “Every cent goes to the children.” Instead, they allow on-air guests to . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Fraying of social safety nets necessitates charity

Cowichan Conversations: The 2013 BC Election Is Now Underway!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger

Welcome to the 2013 Provincial Election Campaign, now underway.

It is revealing to compare the approaches by the competing leaders, BC Liberal Leader Ms Christy Clark and the BC NDP’s Adrian Dix.

Mr.Dix, to his credit, faced the Board of Trade at a sold out luncheon the other day. . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The 2013 BC Election Is Now Underway!

Northern Insight: Friends caring for friends

Bill Good mounted a defence of Christy Clark today following release of David Basi’s accusations that Premier Christy Clark was very much involved in the corrupt sale of BC Rail and was leaking confidential information to fixers involved in the deal.

Good was joined by Keith Baldrey who wondered even “if it is a story.”

. . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Friends caring for friends

Northern Insight: The Schultz Theory, Applied

Alex Tsakumis’ release of Dave Basi’s 2003 memo to file was an interesting test for British Columbia’s corporate media. The results were mixed.

NW’s Bill Good managed to do 3½ hours without noting the stench surrounding his pal Premier Photo Op. No surprise there since he’s been consistent in saying the BC Rail scandal is . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: The Schultz Theory, Applied

Northern Insight: Hey, Bill Good

Good job.

You won’t find much here that is complimentary about a broadcaster whose work I once respected.

But, he deserves credit for working Canada’s Coast Guard story on the west coast, nailing the Conservative government for stupidity, disrespect and callous disregard for public safety. This government keeps chauffeured limousines running for their ministers but . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Hey, Bill Good

Northern Insight: Yes Bill, you are ill equipped

Biill Good & Premier’s Director of Outreach

It was an interview so tortured that I suspect Bill Good’s briefing notes had fallen irretrievably from the desk just as his guest was introduced. This morning, the Corus Radio star failed to twinkle light on the glacial pace of re-implementing PST as decreed by referendum voters . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Yes Bill, you are ill equipped

Northern Insight: A challenge to corporate media

British Columbia’s inept Liberals slide toward oblivion and Alberta’s long reigning Conservatives are already at the brink. No doubt, social media and online commentary contributes by impacting political dialog but the output of corporate media, with few notable exceptions, is limited by commercial interests, a situation made worse by today’s concentrated ownership.

Canada is . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: A challenge to corporate media

Northern Insight: See what happens when you split the vote

On today’s Trailing Edge from the Ledge, BC Liberal press officer Sean Leslie disclosed strategy to be followed after the party’s candidate, federal Conservative wonk Laurie Throness, fails to win the once friendly riding of Chilliwack-Hope.

“If the NDP actually pulls a win out there because the Conservatives and the Liberals are split, then . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: See what happens when you split the vote

Northern Insight: Wingnut alert!

REPLAY: First published Oct 22, 2010, this small piece, with minor updates, remains apropos.

BC Liberals Keith “Fore!” Baldrey and Bill “That’s an old story” Good, with Mr. “I’ve Seen No Evidence” Palmer, said on Corus Radio that bloggers are anonymous “wingnuts” writing “things they don’t know.”

I might be a wingnut but I’m not . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Wingnut alert!

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Behind the ostensible government

Before Gordon Campbell, the BC Liberal Party had been roused from the near dead and invigorated by Gordon Wilson, then a youthful populist leader. However, business interests chose Wilson’s party as the vehicle best suited to replace the discredited Social Credit coalition. Led by Patrick Kinsella and Gordon Gibson, the power brokers wanted an . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Behind the ostensible government

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Toothless media accommodates political fraud

In 2006, Rafe Mair wrote News Media, Defanged for The Tyee. It included the headline:

“Politicians, not too long ago, feared the press.”

Of course misreants particularly feared Rafe Mair during his post-politician days. Rafe had been a successful lawyer and a capable cabinet minister in Bill Bennett’s coalition and service on both sides of . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Toothless media accommodates political fraud

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Self-interested blather from Edge of the Ledge

Wonderful demonstration today of how BC’s tight little circle of political reporters is wilfully blind to the real issue at stake in the CBC conflict of interest matter. Of course, I did not expect anything else from this trio on CKNW because I question their own journalistic ethics because of financial relationships they have . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Self-interested blather from Edge of the Ledge